Based on the findings of a recent SFI science working group, SFI External Professor and working group co-organizer, Seth Blumsack will explore the policy implementation process for transitioning the power grid to zero-carbon sources of energy, which is essential for avoiding or minimizing climate change. Many technologies such as solar photovoltaic systems continue to improve, and states and regions now routinely generate a significant fraction of their electricity from renewable sources, at least intermittently. Many of the needed technologies for low-carbon or zero-carbon power grids already exist and continue to decline in cost. A successful transition process, however, requires additional innovation in how we think about encouraging technology deployment, the models that we use in making investments, and how formulating clean energy goals to think beyond just the power grid.
ABOUT SETH BLUMSACK:
Seth Blumsack is an associate professor in the Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University, the co-director of the energy and environmental economics and policy initiative at Penn State, and an External Professor at SFI. He teaches undergraduate courses and advises students in the energy business and finance program. He also teaches public policy and economics courses to graduate students in science, engineering and other technical fields across the university. He has strong interests in helping professionals and students address policy-relevant problems related to energy and environmental systems and technologies.